General Areas of Responsibility

    1. To oversee and advise on all medical aspects related to rowing
    2. To monitor medical services at regattas
    3. To investigate and promote the prevention of sports injuries
    4. To study, monitor and publicise biological aspects of training
    5. To assist in the basic medical education of coaches
    6. To regulate and undertake doping control

General Areas of Responsibility

    1. To provide advice and recommendations on request to the Council, Coaches
        Conferences and National Federations
    2. To formulate and publish guidelines for medical services
    3. To document literature related to exercise physiology, sports medicine and
    4. To formulate and publish anti-doping rules and to assist in putting them in to effect
        To participate in the FISA Coaches Conference



The Olympic Movement Medical Code has been adopted by FISA.



Rule 20 - Men’s and Women’s Events

Only men may compete in men’s events and only women may compete in women’s events.

IOC position statement on Hyperandorgenism

IOC Regulations on Female Hyperandrogenism (ENG)

IOC Regulations on Female Hyperandrogenism (FR)

Rule 21 – Health

Each member federation shall ensure that their competitors have a state of health and fitness which allows them to compete at a level commensurate with the competition level of the particular event. For all World Rowing Championship and World Rowing Cup regattas, member federations are responsible to ensure that each entered competitor has undergone a FISA Pre-Competition Health Screening and shall confirm in writing that such screening has been completed (see Rule 99).

Rule 22 – Insurance

Each member federation shall ensure that each competitor and team official has adequate medical and accident insurance as well as insurance covering liability, property and equipment.

Rule 99 – Health of Rowers

The health and safety of the participants in the sport of rowing is of utmost concern. FISA has adopted the Olympic Movement Medical Code, its principles and follows all general principles recognised in international codes of medical ethics.

New wording for the Bye-Law to Rule 99 : Bye-Laws to Rule 99 – Health of Rowers

1. Pre-competition Health Screening

  • 1.1 From 2015, all athletes competing in the World Rowing Junior, Under 23 or Senior Championship regattas must have completed a pre-competition health screening which includes a questionnaire, a physical examination and an ECG following the IOC’s recommended procedure. It is the responsibility of the national federation to ensure and certify that these Pre-competition Health Screening procedures have been performed.

  • 1.2 Thereafter, all athletes competing in the World Rowing Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championship regattas must complete the medical questionnaire and undergo a medical examination each year, and, in addition, must undergo a resting ECG every three years up to the age of 23, and every five years after the age of 23.
  • 1.3 For all other events, including the World Rowing Coastal Championships and World Rowing Masters Regattas, it is strongly recommended that rowers competing in these events undergo this Pre-competition Health Screening.

2. Member Federation Medical Officer

Each member federation competing at World Rowing Championship regattas, Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic Games and relevant qualification regattas and World Rowing Cup
regattas must provide the name and contact details of a Medical Officer with whom FISA may communicate on medical issues.

3. Intravenous re-hydration

Any lightweight rower who has been re-hydrated intravenously after the weigh-in and before the start of the respective race shall not be allowed to start.

4. Injections (No-Needle Policy)

During International Regattas (from 24 hours before the start of the first race of the Regatta through to 24 hours after the end of the last race at such Regatta), any injection to any site of an athlete’s body of any substance:

  • 4.1 must be medically justified.
    (i) Justification includes physical examination by a certified medical doctor (M.D.), diagnosis, medication, route of administration and appropriate documentation;
  • 4.2 must respect the approved indication of the medication = no off-label;
  • 4.3 must be administered by a certified medical professional unless authorised by the FISA Doctor or the Regatta Doctor; and
  • 4.4 must be reported immediately and in writing not later than 24 hours afterwards to the FISA Doctor or the Regatta Doctor (except athletes with a valid TUE for this competition). The report
    must include the diagnosis, medication and route of administration.
    The disposal of used needles, syringes and other biomedical material which may affect the security and safety of others, including blood sampling (e.g. lactates) and other diagnostic equipment shall conform to recognised safety standards.
    Any violation of one of these principles may constitute a violation of the FISA Rules and may lead to penalties including exclusion of the crew concerned or, where appropriate, disqualification of the whole team from the regatta. The Executive Committee is the judicial body which shall determine the process to be followed. The costs of any investigations related to this rule may be charged to the member federation concerned.

5. Determinations of eligibility from Rule 20

In cases requiring determination of eligibility in respect of Rule 20, including sex re-assignment and hyperandrogenism, the FISA Executive Committee will refer to International Olympic Committee



No Needle Policy presentation

No Needle Policy FISA Form



Crew Change Form

Minimum Guidelines for Safe Rowing